Museums

Governor Rick Snyder Visits the Arab American National Museum

June 19, 2014 Museums, Work

On monday, Governor Rick Snyder spent half a day visiting the Arab American National Museum. We were pleased the governor spent so much time learning about our institution and the communities we serve. Photos from yesterday's visit to @arabamericanmus in Dearborn. It was a terrific tour! pic.twitter.com/rxLX4wOf8A — Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) June 17, 2014 Select media highlights: Gov. Rick Snyder meets with Arab Americans at AANM (Dearborn Press & Guide) Gov. Rick Snyder calls Dearborn role model during talkRead More

40 Under 40

October 6, 2013 Museums, Work

I’m honored to be recognized by Crain’s Business Detroit as one of the 2013 “40 Under 40” business leaders. Since 1991, Crain’s Detroit Business has honored 40 of the community’s high achievers with its 40 under 40 awards. This year’s winners launched companies, helped grow established firms, created products, swung international deals, improved health care and aided nonprofits. The goal is to honor the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks in business before age 40.Read More

Featured on WDET: A Local Museum Earns National Props

September 29, 2013 Media, Museums

“We realize that if people want to be receptive to our story, we have to be receptive to other stories.” Devon Akmon, Director of the Arab American National Museum. One of Metro Detroit’s newest cultural institutions has earned national credibility. The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, an honor most museums don’t have. Museum director Devon Akmon tells me it’s the gold standard for institutions of its kind.

Featured in the Press & Guide

September 4, 2013 Media, Museums

Hot off the local press. Published on September 4, 2013 by the Press & Guide. DEARBORN: New director of growing Arab American National Museum thinking beyond its walls

A New Role at the Museum

July 1, 2013 Leadership, Media, Museums, Work

Today marks the beginning of a new journey. I was just promoted to director of the Arab American National Museum. Here we go (via Crane’s Detroit Business: Arab American Museum names deputy as new director).

Reflections from the Americans All: The Immigration/Migration Initiative Meeting

January 29, 2012 Museums, Work

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a two-day meeting at the Smithsonian to discuss and examine a new project called the Americans All: The Immigration/Migration Initiative. This is a new Smithsonian-wide project that brings together museums and research centers to document and interpret the history and culture of immigration and migration in the United States. The meeting included representatives from Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Ellis Island Foundation, Institute of Texan Cultures,Read More

Before the Spring | 2011 Arab Film Festival

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come check out the annual Arab Film Festival at the Arab American National Museum. This year’s festival, Before The Spring: Alternative Arab Cinema from 2005 to Today, explores films that were produced leading up to the “Arab Spring.” The festival was curated by our friends at ArteEast. You can read more about the festival over at the HuffPost Detroit.

Cultural Sensitivity in Museum Stewardship Presentation

November 5, 2011 Museums, Work

Greetings to those visiting from the Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums’ (RC-AAM) fourth International Registrars Symposium (IRS 2011). I’ve uploaded my presentation below. If you wish to continue the discussion from the conference, please contact me at dakmon[at]accesscommunity[dot]org. Thanks for visiting. Cultural Sensitivity in Museum Stewardship View more presentations from Devon Akmon

Leveraging Technology to Attract, Engage & Educate Museum Visitors

April 13, 2011 Museums, Technology, Work

Welcome to those I met earlier today at the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan’s annual meeting. It was a pleasure meeting many new people and I enjoyed discussing new ideas, initiatives and potential collaborations. Here’s a copy of the presentation I delivered early today. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to leave a remark below or contact me through LinkedIn. Leveraging Technology to Attract, Engage & Educate Museum Visitors View more presentations from Devon Akmon

2011 DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts

This weekend, the Arab American National Museum is hosting its fourth installation of DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts. We’re excited to be taking this biennial arts convening out of Michigan for the first time. This year we’re partnering with Alwan for the Arts, the Middle East and Middle East American Center (MEMEAC) at the City University of New York, and FEN Magazine to host the event in New York City. Similar to years past, there is a great rosterRead More